Following hot on the heels of two stellar records released on Dead Pilot Records and Highpoint Lowlife respectively, Stray Ghost delivers the monolithic A House of Gold and Oak for Phantom Channels 5th webrelease
Ghost is one Ant Saggers, who constructs deep drone steeped in a haunted melancholia. His music often teeters on the brink of oblivion, where throbbing pulses of sound and other sonic rumblings are in danger of consuming everything they touch. Yet, as this piece proves, his slowly intensifying sound exudes a sense of hope and optimism amidst the darkness as we are unwittingly led down an increasingly plaintive orchestral path.
A House of Gold and Oak unfurls majestically over almost twenty minutes, touching on cornerstones including Tangerine Dream and Godspeed You Black Emperor and finds Stray Ghost operating in a Symphonic-Drone stratosphere all to his own.
April 6, 2009 Subject:
a headphone-filling experience.
Opening like some foghorn bringing a rave to its close, Stray Ghost’s one-track release A House of Gold and Oak consists, initially, of a deep tone that rises slowly and warmly (MP3). In time, elements are added — cycling bell tones, an ethereal hum, and more.
The cumulative effect is as if dawn breaks the fog, and renders the foghorn less necessary, though it continues to intone, doing its duty right through to the end. The piece is lulling and beautiful — not so much downtempo as nulltempo, a peaceful drone that can serve as background listening, or as a headphone-filling experience.
The piece was released just under a month ago on the Phanton Channel netlabel, which is only a few months old, having launched in September. The MP3 link above is to a low-bit-rate version; there’s a higher-def one at the release’s page at archive.org. More on Stray Ghost (aka Ant Saggers) at myspace.com/strayghost, and on Phantom Channel at http://phantomchannel.co.uk/